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Old News: 1942

Old News: 1942

May 1942. "Childersburg, Alabama. Police force." Medium format acetate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Yankee at 3 o'clock

Blackjack in his pocket, sportin' a Mexican loop holster and giving Mr. Photographer the ole Alabama side-eye.

Norman Rockwell

Would have cropped that image of the police officer and man with a paper and ran with it, and likely would have added something else like a curious little terrier or a kid with a fishing pole to the painting too.

Brace yourself

Can't imagine what affliction the man with the cigar came down with to require whatever 1942 medical contraption is on his face and head. Does not look like fun.

Curious Headgear on the left.

I can't tell what's going on with the chin-strap looking appliance on the man on the left, or indeed, which man is wearing it. Is it a bandage or brace of kind?


The fella to the left front leaning back in his chair has his head all bandaged up.
Was he injured taking down a bad guy? Or was he worked over with the blackjack in the officers back pocket?

Confidential Informant?

Two train tracks cross each other in Childersburg. One is raised and probably not in this 1942 photograph. The other has only two streets near downtown, 8th and 9th Ave SW that cross the tracks. Only 8th then dead ends. I'm thinking the building in the picture use to be on 8th Ave on the left, and the house beyond the tracks is gone.

More interesting are the four men. The lawman is leaning in close to have a quiet chat with a shabbily dressed man who is missing the right earpiece of his glasses.

[And part of a finger. - Dave]

Do I see a Blackjack

... in our lawman's hip pocket, along with what looks like a .38 Special in his holster? He's well-armed for such a sleepy town.

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